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Requisition ID:  26271

Research Associate - Life and Physical Sciences

Job Summary

The Research Associate will be in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Flaherty in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. As the Research Associate, you will apply the necessary knowledge and skills in molecular biology, protein expression/purification and structural biology to solve the structure of a high-impact anti-malarial drug target. In this position, you will be expected to independently prepare and purify proteins from both bacterial and yeast expression systems, maintain cell stocks and DNA plasmids, characterize proteins using biophysical techniques including X-ray crystallography and/or Cryo-electron microscopy. In addition, you will be expected to learn new necessary skills to complete the research projects. Also, you will assist the PI managing laboratory inventory, ordering equipment and supplies, managing laboratory stocks of reagents and consumables, and assisting lab members with experiments.


What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in biochemistry, Molecular biology, or a related field of study 
  • At least one (1) year of post-graduate experience



  • PhD Degree in Biochemistry/Structural Biology or comparable field


Skills Needed:

  • Molecular Biology Plasmid Cloning
  • Protein Expression and Purification with affinity and size-exclusion chromatography
  • Bacterial and yeast cell culture
  • SDS-page
  • Biochemical analysis
  • Crystallography
  • X-ray data collection
  • Cryo-EM sample preparation, data collection and processing


Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

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